The Briton posted a time three-tenths of a second faster than his nearest rival in the second a final stage of qualifying, made even more impressive by the fact that he had only a single lap in which to post an attempt.
Huff will be desperately hoping to convert his front-row start into his first race victory of the season, made all the more easy by his championship-leading team-mate Yvan Muller having to start well down the order in eighth place.
Muller’s chief championship rival, Gabriele Tarquini, posted a very impressive Q2 time to make it a front row start alongside Huff, which is also an impressive result for SEAT, which was not expected to perform strongly at the Brno circuit.
Tarquini just managed to edge out Independent Trophy driver Colin Turkington, who emerged as the lead Trophy driver and the fastest BMW driver. That he posted such a competitive time will again raise questions as to whether it is his talent or the car – his BMW runs some 100kg lighter in performance ballast than many of the manufacturer outfits – that is doing the job.
Turkington starts alongside August Farfus, who will be hoping to reinvigorate his championship challenge and amend the ghosts from last year’s round at the Czech Republic, where he succeeded in wiping out some six cars on the run into the first corner!
The shock eliminations in Q1 were Andy Priaulx and Tiago Monteiro, who were unable to improve on their initial banker laps after Fabio Fabiani’s spinning BMW caused the session to be red-flagged midway.
FIA 2010 WTCC Brno Qualifying Results:
[Original image via official FIA WTCC website]